Seeding Pre-Arrest Diversion Across the United States


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March 4 – 7, 2018
Ponte Vedra, FL



Our mission is to strategically widen community behavioral health and social service options available through law enforcement diversion.


Our purpose is to provide national vision, leadership, voice, and action to reframe the relationship between law enforcement, treatment, and community.


  • Founded as the result of the March 2017 Inaugural Summit held at International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
  • PTAC Inaugural Summit organizers: AdCare Criminal Justice Services, C4 Recovery Foundation, Center for Health and Justice at TASC, Civil Citation Network, George Mason University, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and Western Carolina University
  • Named for the collaborative relationship between police, treatment, and community necessary to make police diversion possible


PTAC Collaborative Founding Partners


Contact the PTAC Collaborative for more information:


Name: Leah Smith
Phone: (864)479-0679


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5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Hors d’oeuvres and Networking Reception

Welcome to the AXIS / PTAC 2018
Dee K. McGraw, Director of Education & Event Services
Jack O’Donnell, CEO, C4 Recovery Foundation
Richard Ohrstrom, Chairman, C4 Recovery Foundation
Jac A. Charlier, National Director, TASC
Melissa Zachariasz, CEO, MedPro Billing
Hosted by: MedPro Billing

Please come celebrate the 5th Annual Addiction eXecutives Industry Summit and the 1st Police, Treatment, and Community (PTAC) Collaborative Conference with a delicious hors d’oeuvres networking reception.


6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Opening Plenary Session


Warm Handoff Policies and Programs: Collaborative Efforts to Intervene and Treat Addiction
Michael C. Barnes, Esq
DCBA Law & Policy

Drug overdose in the U.S. is now at an all-time high and continues to increase year to year at record rates. The social and economic impacts of the epidemic have reverberated through every corner of the country, taking a heavy toll on individuals, their families, and the communities in which they live. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to read about someone who survived an overdose, only to suffer a subsequent fatal overdose within hours of being released from the emergency department. These stories represent a failure to intervene and initiate treatment at a point when individuals are often most vulnerable and at risk of subsequent overdose. A successful emergence from this epidemic will depend in large part on the ability to intervene and refer individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs) to effective treatment. A warm handoff is the process of transitioning a patient with a SUD from an intercept point, such as a hospital or law-enforcement setting, to a treatment provider once the patient is stable. Warm handoffs provide those with SUDs a pathway to treatment and recovery, and can decrease the risk of subsequent overdose. This presentation will discuss warm handoff programs; recent state warm handoff legislation and the potential impacts of such legislation; the need for the adoption of warm handoff policies by emergency departments; and legal issues surrounding warm handoffs, including the timing of treatment initiation and federal patient privacy protections. The presenter will discuss the vital roles that law enforcement, local treatment programs, and peer recovery support specialists can play in making warm handoff programs effective. By working together, stakeholders, including emergency departments, law enforcement, treatment providers, and the recovery community, can implement meaningful interventions and deliver quality treatment to help reduce active addiction and overdose, strengthen community ties, and improve public health and safety.


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6:45 AM – 8:30 AM Breakfast and Pre-Arrest Diversion Showcase in the Exhibit Area


8:30 AM – 9:10 AM Monday Morning General Session


Welcome and Introduction to the Five Pathways
Jac A. Charlier, MPA. National Director for Justice Initiatives
Center for Health and Justice at TASC

In a plenary session meant to inform those wanting to learn more about pre-arrest diversion as well as those with new and existing programs, we will discuss the PTAC Collaborative and the five identified pathways to treatment.


9:15 AM – 10:00 AM Learning from the Field


Law Enforcement leaders from jurisdictions that use one of the five frameworks of pre-arrest diversion will provide an examples and overview of the pathways to determine those that fit best with their local community issues and concerns. Pathways include: Self-Referral, Active Outreach, Naloxone Plus, Officer Prevention, and Officer Intervention.

  • Self Referral – Allie Hunter McDade, PAARI
  • Active Outreach – John Tharp, Sheriff of Lucas County, OH
  • Naloxone-Plus QRT — Commander Thomas M. Fallon, Amberley Village Police Department; Dan Malloy; Kelly Firesheets, PsyD, Interact


10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Networking Break and Pre-Arrest Diversion Showcase


10:45 AM – 11:15 AM Learning from the Field — (sessions continued from earlier)


  • Officer Prevention Referral – Kris Nyrop & Chief Brendan Cox (Ret.)
  • Officer Intervention Referral – Tom Olk, CEO of Civil Citation Network; Greg Frost, President of the Civil Citation Network


11:20 AM – 12:15 PM The Opioid Crisis


The Opioid Crisis – Neuroscience for Non-scientists: The Biological Basis of Use Despite Consequences and Other Concepts
Andrea G Barthwell, MD, Medical Advisor
Treatment Management Behavioral Healthcare

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) defines substance use disorders as primary, chronic diseases of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, this is reflected as an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors despite consequences. Addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death. As we attempt to develop strategies and policies to prevent use, intervene on early use, and improve treatment, knowledge of the neuroscience can improve our ability to respond with compassion while avoiding burn-out.


12:15 PM – 1:45 PM Plenary Luncheon


Building a Trauma-Informed Workplace
Donna White, RN, PhD, CS, CADAC
Luncheon Hosted by: Treatment Management Behavioral Health

Working with survivors of trauma can be extremely rewarding, but can also be challenging. Without direct attention to the needs of care providers, providing services to trauma survivors can increase the risk for burnout, vicarious trauma, and secondary traumatic stress as well as being a serious occupational hazard. This presentation discusses the premise that exposure to the traumatic experiences of other people—known as vicarious trauma—is an inevitable occupational challenge for the fields of victim services, emergency medical services, fire services, law enforcement, and other allied professionals; however, organizations can mitigate the potentially negative effects of trauma exposure by becoming vicarious trauma-informed. External factors and stressors can add to the risk; bearing witness to human suffering and adversity can be deeply impactful. Reactivity related to unresolved trauma among workers can make working conditions more difficult and can undermine health and safety. A police officer’s twenty-plus years of “peacetime combat” wreaks a heavy toll personally and professionally. The prevalence of compassion fatigue ranges from 7.3% to 40% of workers in intensive care settings and 25% to 70% among inexperienced behavioral health professionals. The higher prevalence is often seen in health professionals who repeatedly witness and care for people after trauma. No human being, no matter how healthy, well trained, or well adjusted, is immune to the long-term effects of cumulative stress or sudden critical incidents. Providing effective and sensitive trauma‐informed care requires an emotionally healthy, competent, and well supported workforce. Join us in discussing methodologies to identify various patterns stress in the workplace, and strategies to promote wellness, recovery, and a renewed sense of identity, purpose, and strength as a caring professional. Leadership will review tools and resources tailored specifically to these fields that provide the knowledge and skills necessary for organizations to address the vicarious trauma needs of their staff.


2:00 PM – 2:40 PM Breakout Sessions — Meeting within Strategy Areas


Law Enforcement, Behavioral Health/Treatment, Community, and Research will each meet with their colleagues already working in diversion to hear about and discuss their experiences and roles regarding pre-arrest diversion efforts. These roundtable breakout sessions are designed to encourage and promote collaboration, provide new knowledge and support peer-to-peer learning. During the roundtable you will be seated with up to 10 peer stakeholders, all with different areas of expertise and experience, for extended discussion, giving and receiving targeted feedback, engaging in in-depth discussions and meeting colleagues with similar interests in PAD. You are encouraged to participate in questions and discussion, taking advantage of the expertise and insights of other attendees to build and expand your professional network and efforts. Participants from each of the four areas will come up with recommendations to share regarding barriers to implementation and keys to success.


2:45 PM – 3:30 PM Speaking/Listening to the other professions


In the roundtable report out, Law Enforcement, Behavioral Health/Treatment, Community, and Research groups report out on best practices, highlights or challenges that were identified during the conversations.


3:30 PM – 4:15 PM Networking Break and Pre-Arrest Diversion Showcase


4:15 PM – 5:00 PM Learning About Critical Issues


Decriminalizing Mental Illness through Early Diversion
Travis Parker, MS, LIMHP, CPC Senior Project Associate II
Policy Research Associates, Inc.

Just as the outrage about the inappropriate use of jails is not new, the solutions about what to do are not new either. The issue is how to implement what we know and how to capitalize on emergent evidence-based practices for community-based alternative services that enhance both public health and public safety goals. Putting this knowledge into practice is the challenge. One core principle has proven effective in guiding knowledge-to-practice transfers. In regard to justice-involved persons with mental illness that principle is: The jail is a community institution and inmates with mental health issues are a community problem. Most detainees spend very short periods of time in jail. Further, except for the “megajails” in the major metropolitan areas, it is impractical given their mission and fiscal constraints to consider developing a comprehensive set of mental health services within jail. In other words, jails must form partnerships with other community agencies who also serve many of the same individuals when they are outside jail. It is simply not enough for stakeholders interested in jail-mental health issues to want to do the right things. They need to know how to do things and how to continually refine their actions as new obstacles occur. This is especially true when responding to community needs around persons with mental health disorders who are involved with the criminal justice system. What is needed is a combination of willing collaborators, accurate facts, proven steps to achieve goals, and on-going assistance to achieve success.


5:00 PM – 5:45 PM Learning About Critical Issues


The Role of the Community in Successful Pre-Arrest Diversion Efforts
Ana Maria De La Rosa, Senior State Advocacy Manager for the Substance Use Disorders Project, Community Catalyst
Alice Dembner, Program Director for the Substance Use Disorders and Justice-Involved Populations Project at Community Catalyst

This workshop will focus on why consumer voices matter and share techniques for meaningful engagement. The workshop will draw on other initiatives that have shown engaging consumers improves program design, increases community buy-in and trust, reduces costs and enhances success. We will share examples of the techniques diversion initiatives are using to bring consumers to the table and how we can learn from and support their engagement.


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6:45 AM – 8:15 AM Breakfast and Pre-Arrest Diversion Showcase in the Exhibit Area


8:15 AM – 8:45 AM Special Guest Speaker


Essential Partnerships in Justice Programs: A Sense of Urgency
Elinore McCance-Katz, MD, PhD
Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Dr. McCance-Katz will describe the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) commitment to early diversion from the criminal justice system to community treatment and recovery for people with mental and substance use disorders. Drawing on her professional experience and legislated efforts around serious mental illness and substance use disorders, particularly the opioid crisis, she will call for a renewed effort to develop essential partnerships and shared strategies among law enforcement, first responders, and behavioral health and health system community providers. Included in her presentation will be a discussion of federal collaborations to reduce criminalization and enhance treatment efforts.


8:45 AM – 9:15 AM Eliminating the Criminalization of Mental Illness


Eliminating the Criminalization of Serious Mental Illness: Assisted Outpatient Treatment as Intercept Zero
John Snook, Executive Director, Treatment Advocacy Center

The widespread closure of state psychiatric hospitals since the 1950s, a trend commonly known as deinstitutionalization, has resulted in millions of individuals with serious mental illness stranded without adequate sources of care. More often than not, as a consequence of lack of treatment, these individuals become in contact with the criminal justice system. Our broken mental health system has resulted in individuals with the most serious of psychiatric diseases are ending up languishing behind bars, being criminalized for their illness because of policy makers inability to provide the treatment that they need.

Court-ordered community treatment, known as assisted outpatient treatment (AOT), is helping reverse this trend. Also known as “involuntary outpatient treatment,” AOT commits local mental health systems to serve participants at the same time it commits participants to adhere to their treatment plans. AOT laws have been shown to reduce hospitalization, arrest and incarceration, homelessness, victimization, and also to prevent violent acts associated with mental illness, including suicide and violence against others.

With the passage of the landmark mental health bill in 2016, The 21st Century Cures Act, AOT has been proposed as an effective and evidence-based pre-arrest diversion strategy. Placed at intercept zero of the sequential intercept model, or before criminal justice involvement, AOT is a form of criminal justice prevention jurisdictions can implement and utilize.

The Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs and SAMHSA have deemed AOT to be an evidence-based practice, and its use has been endorsed by the American Psychiatric Association, American College of Emergency Physicians, International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Sheriffs’ Association and National Alliance on Mental Illness.


9:15 AM – 10:00 AM Learning How to Do Pre-Arrest Diversion or How to do it Better


Using the Deflection Planning Tool and your Solutions Action Plan
Jac A. Charlier, MPA. National Director for Justice Initiatives
Center for Health and Justice at TASC

This session is designed for sites that are brand new to deflection and pre-arrest diversion (PAD) as well as those that are underway to examine 14 known characteristics about deflection and PAD. Using these 14 characteristics (Deflection Planning Tool) helps sites not miss anything they should be taking into consideration as they design or modify their initiatives. Then, using what they learn from the 14 characteristics, sites will develop a Solutions Action Plan to be ready to start their work immediately upon return to their community. The Solutions Action Plan is a real plan and not an exercise. It will start with understanding the problem to be solved or challenged to be addressed, the desired outcomes by defining what success looks like, and then moving through steps including system partners, action steps, evaluation, and sustainability. Sites will have a one-on-one guided facilitator that will help them through the day as they go through the tool and develop their Solutions Action Plan.


10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Networking Break and Pre-Arrest Diversion Showcase


10:45 AM – 4:30 PM Roundtable Session Completing Actionable PAD Implementation Plans


— Table captains will help teams use the Deflection Planning Tool to assist in creating or refining action plans for developing and implementing (or enhancing and sustaining) a PAD program appropriate for their community, and information on the importance of reducing racial and ethnic disparities and collecting program data. There will be discussion of the criteria for the two Technical Assistance Grants awarded at the closing keynote on Wednesday.


Pre-Arrest Diversion Technical Assistance Proposal Award Criteria

Community team proposals will be evaluated by a panel of four reviewers with experience establishing pre-arrest diversion programs. Evaluation criteria will be based on multiple factors that should be included in each proposal.

  • Describe local problem(s) being addressed
  • Define core components
  • Process for obtaining stakeholder support
  • Identify outcome measures and program evaluation plan
  • Approach for financial sustainability
  • Expected benefit to public safety
  • Strategy for behavioral health intervention


PTAC 1 Group (new programs) will meet to develop and discuss new programming and share their proposals at 3:30 pm. During this time, attendees may also attend Booster Sessions.


PTAC 2 Group (How to do it better) will meet to discuss expansion and sustainability of their current effort using the Facilitated Deflection Tool, Solutions Action Plan and prep for report out at 4:30 PM. During this time, attendees may also attend Booster Sessions.


11:30 AM – 3:30 PM 30-Minute Learning Booster Sessions


— These 30-minute sessions will be offered throughout the day for teams to do their action planning.

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Booster Sessions


Bridging from initial contact to treatment: Common barriers to accessing care
Amanda Auerbach, MPH, Consulting Administrator, Center for Health and Justice at TASC, Inc. and Leslie Balonick, MA, CRADC, Vice President, WestCare Foundation, Inc.

This interactive booster session will engage attendees in a discussion about the critical period between initial contact with law enforcement and engagement with treatment and social services in the community. We will discuss the roles of police, treatment, and community stakeholders in expediting access to treatment and practical challenges they encounter in connecting individuals to care. The group will have an opportunity to learn from one another and brainstorm potential solutions.


Technology and Epidemiology – From Stagecoaches to Star Wars
Tim Cheney, ENSO Recovery

This session will provide an overview of current data collection and reporting practices in substance use and demonstrate examples of technology currently available and used to harvest real time indicator data.

11:40 AM – 12:10 PM Booster Sessions


The Children and Families Caught in America’s Addiction Epidemic
Sis Wenger, President and CEO, National Association for Children of Addiction

Police and other first responders can benefit from understanding simple strategies to provide initial support to begin the healing of the children and/or younger siblings of addicted family members or those who have overdosed. Recovery is the right of all family members hurt by addiction, and the children are in need of understanding and support to make sense of their crisis-ridden world.


Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder: To MAT or Not to MAT
Andrea G Barthwell, MD, Medical Advisor, Treatment Management Behavioral Healthcare

The U.S. is in the middle of an opioid epidemic that leaves no community untouched and has driven even the most conservative of individuals to suggest extreme and radical responses just so individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD) do not die. The most important decision a person can make is to decide which of three simple solutions can be applied at the assessment or discovery phase of initiation of treatment for each patient who presents for care, whether in a law enforcement setting following an arrest, or a hospital emergency room following an overdose. Unfortunately, there are solutions that are not immediately available to those who could benefit from them. As this epidemic deepens it is important for communities to examine their biases for and against Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and how those biases may act to interfere with referral to and advocacy for the most appropriate treatment for some. Following this workshop the participant will be able to describe why it is important for the community to advocate for access to a variety of strategies which can be used to treat or respond to OUD; what is needed to provide treatment which attempts to block, fill, or repair opioid receptors in individuals with OUD; what are the structural and legal barriers to access to care for OUD; and how communities can act to improve access to care for OUD which in turn can modify the trajectory of this disorder and the size of the Opioid Crisis in the U.S.


12:15 PM – 1:15 PM Plenary Luncheon


Harm Reduction and PAD
Tim Cheney, ENSO Recovery
Kris Nyrop, LEAD National Support Director at Public Defenders Association
Michael J. Sauschuck, Chief of Police, Portland Maine Police Department
Chief (Ret.) Brendan Cox, Director of Policing Strategies for the LEAD National Support Bureau
Luncheon Hosted By: Ammon Labs

Harm reduction is a philosophical approach to reducing harmful behavior by engaging people in a non-judgmental, non-coercive manner that is person centered. Harm reduction recognizes that change occurs over the long term and that abstinence, while desired, may not be attainable at the initial point of contact. Under this philosophy case managers work with individuals to meet many needs including housing, health care, employment, and treatment services.

Learn how harm reduction is employed in pre-arrest diversion such as the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) initiative and how law enforcement interacts and plays a role in meeting people where they are at.


1:20 PM – 3:30 PM Continuation of Roundtable Action Planning Sessions (Booster Sessions conclude at 3:15)


1:20 PM – 1:50 PM Booster Sessions


The Role of the Prosecutor and Defender in Pre-Arrest Diversion, and the Importance of Collaborating with other Criminal Justice Stakeholders
David LaBahn, President and CEO, Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, Marlene Biener, Deputy Counsel, Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, and April Camera-Frazier, Director of Defender Legal Services Initiatives, National Legal Aid and Defender Association, National Legal Aid and Defenders Association

Collaboration between traditionally opposed criminal justice system stakeholders is key in order to successfully implement pre-arrest diversion programs and achieve sustainable reform. Prosecutors and defenders offer perhaps the starkest examples of traditional opponents because they fiercely battle in the courtroom to preserve the integrity of the adversarial criminal justice system. The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA) and National Legal Aid and Defenders Association (NLADA) took on the challenge of examining the issue of collaboration with the goal of developing recommendations and guidance. Join us for this important booster session, which will highlight recommendations for collaboration with criminal justice system stakeholders so that together, we can make meaningful and lasting criminal justice reform.


Learning about the Programs in Your Community
Amy Murphy, M.P.P., Project Director, Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (ACE!), George Mason University

Every jurisdiction has different types of programs and services for people with substance use disorders. In this session, we will identify a toolkit available to inventory the programs, identify what type of people are better suited for a program, and identify ways to improve the services delivery system. Jurisdictions can use this to understand the capacity of their system.

1:55 PM – 2:25 PM Booster Sessions


Engaging People with Lived Experience in Planning and Expanding Community Engagement
Alice Dembner, Program Director for Substance Use Disorders and Justice-Involved Populations, Community Catalyst

Are you stuck on how best to engage people with lived experience (e.g., of substance use, criminal justice engagement, etc.) in developing and running your program? Are you concerned about a lack of grassroots support or unaware of how to organize support? This session will focus on a few key nuts and bolts strategies for addressing these issues.


Health Outcomes for Pre-Arrest Diversion
Kelly Firesheets, Senior Program Officer, Interact for Health

This workshop will examine incorporating outcome measures beyond recidivism and relapse when evaluating the success of pre-arrest diversion efforts, and illustrate why improved health outcomes should be included in core measures of diversion. Interact for Health and Ms. Firesheets supported the development of the Quick Response Team (QRT) initiative, which uses the Naloxone Plus pathway of pre-arrest diversion.

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Booster Sessions


Housing First Model
Kim Keaton, Associate Director of Data and Analytics, Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH)

The Housing First model uses housing as a platform for recovery for people experiencing homelessness, mental illness, and/or substance abuse challenges. Learn about the model and how pre-arrest diversion programs can partner with the homeless system to access this critical resource for the most vulnerable people.


National Standards for Peer Recovery Support Services
Patty McCarthy Metcalf, M.S., Executive Director, Faces & Voices of Recovery

In the last ten years, peer recovery support services (PRSS) – distinct from both clinical treatment and mutual aid supports – have become established in the continuum of care for people seeking, stabilizing, and sustaining recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. As these services have been conceived, defined, and developed, organizations have realized that they need to address the most effective ways to ensure the highest quality of care, while keeping intact the values, principles, and contexts that were the underpinnings of their work and that would give integrity and fidelity to peer recovery practice. This mini presentation will provide a brief overview of national standards for peer recovery support services.


3:30 PM – 4:15 PM Networking Break and Pre-Arrest Diversion Showcase and Vendors


4:30 PM – 6:00 PM Report Out


Ready to implement PAD – PTAC Group 1
Ready to implement PAD better – PTAC Group 2


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6:45 AM – 8:30 AM Breakfast and Pre-Arrest Diversion Showcase in the Exhibit Area


8:30 AM – 9:10 AM Learning About Critical Issues


Stigma as a Barrier to Recovery ‘Don’t call my dad the “a” word’ – Language Matters for People Seeking Help in the Battle against Drug Abuse
Jessica Hulsey Nickel, President
Addiction Policy Forum

Much of the terminology used to describe addiction is disparaging — suggesting that addiction is a result of moral/personal failings, or that individuals choose to be addicted, or suffer a lack of willpower. As we know, addiction is a medical issue, and can be compounded by patient behavior just like many other illnesses, from type-two diabetes to heart disease and lung cancer. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition (DSM-5), released in 2013, replaced the categories of substance “abuse” and “dependence” with a single classification of “substance use disorder.” We need to align our dinner table terms with the science and the doctors. Paying attention to the language that we use about addiction can help us make significant strides toward removing a major barrier to people asking for help and helps cultivate a more realistic concept of the disease. Words can do demonstrable damage to a person in or seeking recovery. Or, words can offer hope. With better language we can tackle stigma; with less stigma we can make sure the 21 million families currently struggling with addiction find the treatment and support they need.


9:15 AM – 10:00 AM Learning from the Field


Addressing Mental Illness and Racial Disparities through Pre-Arrest Diversion
Sheriff Jim Manfre (Ret.), Flagler County, FL, Official Speaker, Law Enforcement Action Partnership and Maj. Neill Franklin (Ret.) Baltimore City & Maryland State Police Departments, White Hall, MD, Executive Director
Law Enforcement Action Partnership

Presenters in this panel will address lessons learned from their own experiences implementing pre-arrest diversion programs. Sheriff Manfre will discuss the mental health pre-booking diversion program he developed in Flagler County, FL that combined Officer Prevention deflection with clinical follow-up and long-term care. Maj. Franklin will focus on his role as head of training with the Baltimore Police Department, attempting to change how officers understood police discretion and unconscious bias. They will identify practical takeaways on reducing racial disparities through pre-arrest diversion and throughout the criminal justice system.


10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Networking Break and Pre-Arrest Diversion Showcase and Vendors


10:30 AM – 11:15 AM Learning About Critical Issues


The Importance of Core Measures in Diversion
Faye Taxman, PhD, Professor in the Criminology, Law and Society Program at George Mason University and Albert M. Kopak, PhD, Professor, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Western Carolina University

Pre-Arrest Diversion Programs include the active participation of law enforcement agencies, behavioral health providers, and community partners. All of these entities need to document how well these programs work for their intended purposes and utilizing a core set of performance measures can help achieve this goal. This presentation will cover important measures for each of these diversion partners, how programs can initiate the collection of this information, and the ways in which these measures can clearly demonstrate program reach and impact.


11:15 AM – 12:00 PM PTAC General Session & closing remarks


PTAC – the First Year and Moving Forward

In the year since the Police, Treatment, and Community Collaborative was created, members in all five strategy areas have worked together to generate guidelines for treatment providers, visuals for the five pathways to treatment, and core measures to evaluate programs. PTAC leadership will discuss some of these tools and goals for the next 12 months.


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Special Guest

Elinore F. McCance-Katz, MD, PhD

Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use

As the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, Dr. McCance-Katz advises the HHS Secretary on improving behavioral healthcare in America and leads the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in HHS.

Elinore McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D. is the first Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use. She obtained her Ph.D. from Yale University with a specialty in Infectious Disease Epidemiology and is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She is board certified in General Psychiatry and in Addiction Psychiatry. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry with more than 25 years as a clinician, teacher, and clinical researcher. Most recently she served as the Chief Medical Officer for the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals and as the Chief Medical Officer for the Eleanor Slater Hospital system which is Rhode Island’s state resource for patients with the most serious mental illnesses and medical illnesses requiring long term, inpatient care. She was also Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University. Previously, she served as the first Chief Medical Officer for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Prior to coming to SAMHSA, she served at the University of California, San Francisco as a Professor of Psychiatry, as the Medical Director for the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, and as the Medical Director of SAMHSA’s Clinical Support Systems for Buprenorphine (PCSS-B) and Opioids (PCSS-O).

Dr. McCance-Katz has published extensively in the areas of clinical pharmacology, medications development for substance use disorders, drug-drug interactions, addiction psychiatry, and treatment of HIV infection in drug users. She served on the World Health Organization (WHO) committee that developed guidelines on the treatment of drug users living with HIV/AIDS. She has been a national leader in addressing the overprescribing of opioid analgesics and in providing consultation on management of patients with chronic pain and opioid overuse. She was a participant in the development of SAMHSA TIP 40 which provided the initial guidance to physicians utilizing buprenorphine in the treatment of opioid use disorder, contributed to the development and maintenance of the legislatively required 8 hours of physician training for prescribing buprenorphine products and has continued to be actively involved in the development and delivery of physician training on office-based treatment of opioid use disorders. She has been one of the architects of Rhode Island’s plan for addressing the opioid epidemic including new approaches to treatment in the form of a statewide system of Centers of Excellence in the treatment of opioid use disorder, new approaches to training in the utilization of DATA 2000 (Drug Abuse Treatment Act of 2000) to bring DATA waiver training to medical students, and going forward, nurse practitioner and physician assistant students, and legislative/regulatory work addressing safe use of opioids in acute pain.
Dr. McCance-Katz lives in Cranston, Rhode Island with her husband. She has three grown children and one grandchild.


Featured Facilitator Biographies

Amanda Auerbach, MPH

As a consulting administrator at the Center for Health and Justice at TASC (CHJ), Amanda Auerbach provides technical assistance and strategy development around alternatives to incarceration and linkages to care for individuals with behavioral health conditions in the justice system.

Prior to joining the consulting team within TASC’s Center for Health and Justice in 2016, Amanda interned with TASC in the Cook County Mental Health Court and participated in the Integrated Community Behavioral Health Consortium at TASC, an interdisciplinary learning group focused on clinical, public health, and policy issues related to behavioral health and the justice population.

Amanda earned her BS in human development and psychological services and MPH from Northwestern University.

Leslie A. Balonick, MA, CRADC

Leslie A. Balonick, MA, CRADC, Vice President – Justice Program & Business Development for WestCare Foundation, Inc. is responsible for Project Development and Fidelity of Best Practices nationally. Ms. Balonick represents WestCare as a founding partner agency for PTAC; PTAC Leadership Committee; Co-Chair of the PTAC Behavioral Health Committee. WestCare administers significant behavioral health and reentry contracts throughout the nation. Ms. Balonick has 42 years experience in administering and developing behavioral health treatment models including juvenile and criminal justice programming. Throughout her career, Ms. Balonick has been recognized as a national expert and has consulted on social policy system change, behavioral health, correctional and gender-responsive policy and program development. Prior to her 11-year tenure at WestCare, she served as Senior Policy and Program Administrator for the Illinois Department of Corrections and provided leadership on relevant reentry issues in support of system change initiatives. Ms. Balonick has a master’s in human services administration from Spertus College and a bachelor’s in addictions management from DePaul University. She is on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Alcoholism & Drug Dependence Association and is a member of the National Council for Behavioral Health, a member of the American Correctional Association (ACA), and a member of the International Community Corrections Association (ICCA). She is a Certified Reciprocal Alcohol & Drug Counselor.

Andrea Grubb Barthwell, MD, DFASAM

Andrea Grubb Barthwell, M.D., D.F.A.S.A.M., is the Chief Medical Officer for Treatment Management Company and the Founder and Director at Two Dreams Outer Banks, a comprehensive wellness center for the treatment of alcoholism and substance use disorders. She is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Washington, DC-based global health care and policy-consulting firm EMGlobal LLC.

Dr. Barthwell’s current work is focused on developing strategies to expand access to treatment for opioid dependence disorder, expanding practitioner knowledge of urine drug testing in the identification and treatment of substance use disorders, and helping individuals and families prevent substance use disorders with the lecture series, “The Parents Academy.”

Dr. Barthwell served as Deputy Director for Demand Reduction in the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) under President George W Bush from 2002 to 2004. As a member of the President’s sub-cabinet, Dr. Barthwell was a principal advisor on policies aimed at reducing the demand for illicit drugs.

During Dr. Barthwell’s tenure, the Bush Administration widely publicized science-based facts about the dangers of marijuana use and the harms of drug legalization. The Administration encouraged student drug testing as a deterrent to the initiation of drug use and as an early identification tool, and it promoted the expansion and improvement of drug courts. The ONDCP 25-Cities Initiative fostered local coordination of drug treatment and control efforts.

ONDCP coordinated with the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) to provide funding for screenings, brief interventions, and referrals to treatment to fund early intervention services in hospitals and other general medical and community settings to reach people at risk of dependence on alcohol or drugs. In fiscal year 2004, the President’s drug treatment initiative, Access to Recovery, received a $100 million appropriation from Congress. Initial grants were awarded in 2004 to 14 states and one tribal organization.

While serving the Executive Office of the President, Dr. Barthwell was an active member of the White House Task Force on Disadvantaged Youth and the White House Domestic Violence Working Group. She also worked closely with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to define the scope of its Health Services Research portfolio.

Dr. Barthwell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Wesleyan University, where she served on the Board of Trustees, and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Michigan Medical School. Following post-graduate training at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University Medical Center, she began her practice in the Chicago area. Dr. Barthwell serves as President of the multi-disciplinary Encounter Medical Group (EMG, an affiliate of EMGlobal), was a founding member of the Chicago Area AIDS Task Force, hosted a weekly local cable show on AIDS, and was president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

In 2003, Dr. Barthwell received the Betty Ford Award from the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse. In 1997, Dr. Barthwell’s peers named her one of the “Best Doctors in America” in addiction medicine.

Marlene Biener, Deputy General Counsel

Marlene Biener joined the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys in 2016 as a Deputy General Counsel. She previously worked for the Office of the Attorney General for the State of New Jersey as a Deputy Attorney General, where she represented the New Jersey Division of Child Protection & Permanency. Ms. Biener has also worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Wayne J. Forrest, J.S.C. Ms. Biener graduated from Seton Hall University School of Law in May 2013 and received her undergraduate degree from Ramapo College of New Jersey, with a major in Political Science and a minor in Public Policy. Ms. Biener is admitted to practice law in the States of New York and New Jersey and the District of Columbia.

Richard J. Brueckner, Esq

Richard Brueckner served as Senior Assistant State’s Attorney for nearly a decade before going into private practice. He has won over 80 jury trials and reached successful outcomes in thousands of other cases. Mr. Brueckner has formed relationships with prosecutors, judges, health department officials and authored a state-wide opioid reduction strategy for the State of Maryland.

Mr. Brueckner attended the University of San Diego where he received academic honors and was named to the dean’s list. Mr. Brueckner graduated from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.

Having a passion for advocacy, Mr. Brueckner then attended the University of San Diego School of Law, where he excelled in Advanced Trial Advocacy and became active in the Student Bar Association. During law school Mr. Brueckner was also a certified legal intern and worked at the Law Office of James Rudolph, where he defended clients against criminal charges ranging from minor misdemeanors to major felonies. Defending high profile cartel members on importation of drug charges became his passion.

For more than a decade, Mr. Brueckner has successfully represented both high profile clients and ordinary citizens.

April Frazier Camara, Director of Defender Legal Services Initiatives

April Frazier Camara is the Director of Defender Legal Services Initiatives for the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) and is responsible for advancing NLADA’s goals and priorities through strategic initiatives aimed at enhancing public defense. Before joining NLADA, Ms. Frazier Camara worked at the Law Office of the Shelby County Public Defender as the Special Assistant in the Juvenile Defender Unit where she was responsible for implementing Department of Justice reforms and helping to build the first ever holistic and team-based juvenile defense practice in Shelby County, which employed both social workers and attorneys. In Washington, DC, she served as a Reentry Coordinator for the city’s Public Defender Service. She also has experience working on national reentry policy reform at the American Bar Association in D.C. and the Legal Action Center in New York. She received a B.A. from Tennessee State University and a J.D. from Howard University. She is currently the project director for NLADA’s Safety and Justice Challenge project, which is funded by the MacArthur Foundation. NLADA serves as a strategic ally for the Challenge.

Jac Charlier, PTAC Co-Founder

Jac Charlier is the National Director for Justice Initiatives and leads the Center for Health and Justice (CHJ) at TASC. He specializes in solutions to reduce crime and drug use by successfully bridging the criminal justice and behavioral health systems from police to prosecutors to courts to probation to parole. Jac is a nationally recognized expert in pre-arrest police diversion and is the co-founder of the Police, Treatment and Community (PTAC) Collaborative. The mission of PTAC is to strategically widen community behavioral health and social service options available through law enforcement – including probation and parole – diversion. Jac is a leader in our nation’s battle against opioids. He has developed opioid overdose (OD) prevention and post-OD response strategies. Jac served as Deputy Chief in the Illinois State Parole Division having come up through the ranks as State Parole Officer and District Commander. He earned his master’s degree in public policy from The Ohio State University. Jac is a father of three (mostly) great kids. Jac is a recognized civic and community leader in his home city of Chicago. He is a military veteran, recipient of the Outstanding Eagle Scout Medal, and played rugby for far too long.

Tim Cheney

Tim has been involved professionally and personally with addiction treatment, research and advocacy for thirty-six years and has been in continuous recovery since July of 1981.

Tim is the owner and founder of Enso Recovery, a Maine OUD MAT/MAR program, the co-founder and managing partner of Chooper’s Guide, a comprehensive addiction treatment and information and web resource and the co-founder and President of the Choopers Foundation. He is a Member of the Maine Substance Abuse Service Commission, an executive board member of Faces and Voices of Recovery, a technical advisory board member to Cohen Veterans Bioscience (Orion Bio-Networks), President of Floridians for Recovery, a statewide addiction recovery advocacy organization and an advisory board member on the Ammon Foundation. He also recently developed the first real time multi-platform first responder opioid overdose reporting and notification application. He also owns and operates Clark’s Cove Farm & Inn in Maine.

Tim was the City of Boston Drug Treatment Program Research Director and the New Haven Community Correctional Center’s Program Director. As Boston’s SMSA representative and member of the Community Correspondents Group (CEWG), he authored five NIDA epidemiological publications. He also introduced Narcotics Anonymous into the Connecticut State Prison system in 1983 and was the first delegate for harm reduction advocacy at the 1979 NIDA conference in Seattle.

Tim is the recipient of the following advocacy awards: Innovative Practice Award – State of Maine (2017); C4 Recovery Solutions Frederick French Award of Excellence (2015); The Presidents Call to Service- Lifetime Achievement Award (2013); Children’s Home Society of Florida – Treasure Coast Division – The David & Lorraine Thomas Child Advocate Award (2009); Congressional Award – Flag of the United States for Advocacy with Foster Children (2009); Guardian AD Litem 19TH Judicial District – Governor of Florida Annual Child Advocacy Award (2006)
Tim received a BA from Boston University (Summa Cum Laude with Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa). He attended Yale Divinity School and holds designations of Certified Personnel Consultant and Certified International Personnel Consultant.

Chief (Ret.) Brendan Cox, Director of Policing Strategies

Brendan Cox is the Director of Policing Strategies at the LEAD National Support Bureau. He was previously employed by the Albany police department for twenty-three years, serving in many capacities throughout his career, culminating with his appointment as Chief in 2015. As a result of the implementation of a true community policing philosophy, the Albany police department was recognized by the Department of Justice as one of the top 15 police departments in the country in the COPS Advancing 21st Century Policing Initiative. Included in these strategies were the implementation of a Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion initiative, a Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents training and protocol, and training around implicit bias for police employees and the community. Brendan holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Dayton and a Master of Public Administration from Marist College. He is a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police. He is a member of the New York State Juvenile Justice Advisory Group and an Executive Fellow with the Police Foundation. He sits on several local boards of directors including the Albany Police Athletic League and the LaSalle School of Albany.

Ana Maria De La Rosa

Ana Maria De La Rosa serves as a Senior State Advocacy Manager for the Substance Use Disorders project. Her work supports Community Catalyst’s pre-arrest diversion partners in their consumer centered advocacy through technical assistance, coalition building and maintenance, grassroots organizing, integrating substance use disorders perspectives into Medicaid and ACA expansion and protection, and designing and implementing successful health advocacy campaigns.

Alice Dembner

Alice Dembner is the Program Director for the Substance Use Disorders and Justice-Involved Populations Project at Community Catalyst. Under her leadership, the program works to expand prevention, coverage, treatment, and recovery services for people with substance use disorders and transform the health system to better serve people at risk of incarceration. Prior to joining Community Catalyst in 2008, Alice was an investigative and analytic journalist. During 30 years as an award-winning reporter and editor, she informed policymakers, influenced public opinion and spurred change.

Tara Dhanraj

Tara Dhanraj is a Senior Associate for Justice Reform at the National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education and Families. Tara assists cities in their efforts to reduce jail populations. Prior to her work at the National League of City, Tara worked closely with Baltimore City at the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention.

Commander Thomas M. Fallon, Amberley Village Police Department

Thomas M. Fallon, Amberley Village Police Department, is the Commander and a founding member of the Hamilton County (Ohio) Heroin Task force. Commander Fallon has served as the Commander of this task force since its inception in July 2015, and has seen it grow from eight officers to its current staffing of twelve officers and four civilian support staff. Under Commander Fallon’s command, the Task force has investigated over 425 opioid-related overdose deaths and over 50 non-fatal overdoses.

In his role with the Task Force, Commander Fallon initiated the Quick Response Team (QRT) in Norwood, Ohio, and is currently leading efforts to launch a multi-jurisdictional, county-wide Quick Response Team (QRT) in Hamilton County. Commander Fallon is also currently exploring opportunities to create a broader, organized system for Pre-Arrest Diversion in Hamilton County.

Commander Fallon began his law enforcement career in 1989 at the Wilmington, Ohio Police Department. In July of 1990, he moved to the Norwood Police Department in Hamilton County, where he was Supervisor of the Criminal Investigation Section and Commander of the Norwood Drug Task Force. In 2015, after noticing a steep increase in heroin related overdoses and heroin related deaths in Norwood, Commander Fallon helped create the Hamilton County Heroin Task Force, with a mission to investigate overdoses and overdose deaths back to the supplier of the deadly drug.

Kelly Firesheets, PsyD

Kelly Firesheets coordinates Interact for Health’s Preventing Opioid Misuse and Safety Net work, including Interact’s Integrated Primary Care and Behavioral Health grantmaking. She previously served as Interact’s director of evaluation, where she designed and managed measurement strategies for Interact’s portfolios and priority areas.

Kelly holds a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology with a certificate in organizational concepts and management from Xavier University, where her primary research focused on positive psychology and gifted education. She completed her post-doctoral training at the University of Cincinnati. Before coming to Interact, Kelly provided counseling and psychological assessment services for young adults in a primary care office. Kelly has also consulted with several local nonprofit organizations and foundations in the areas of research, evaluation, program development, strategic planning and grant writing. Kelly was previously chair of the Cincinnati Board of Health and was one of Grantmakers in Health’s 2014 Terrance Keenan Fellows.

Maj.​ ​Neill​ ​Franklin​ ​(Ret.), Baltimore​ ​City​ ​&​ ​Maryland​ ​State​ ​Police​ ​Departments

Neill Franklin is a 34-year law enforcement veteran of the Maryland State Police and Baltimore Police Department. After 23 years of dedicated service to the Maryland State Police, he was recruited in 2000 by the Commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department to reconstruct and command Baltimore’s Education and Training Section. During his time on the force, he held the position of commander for the Education and Training Division and the Bureau of Drug and Criminal Enforcement. He also instituted and oversaw the very first Domestic Violence Investigative Units for the Maryland State Police.

While serving as a Narcotics Agent with the Maryland State Police, Maj. Franklin was persuaded by then-mayor of Baltimore, Kurt Schmoke, who declared that the War on Drugs was counterproductive and created excessive violence. This, followed by the tragic murder of his close friend, Corporal Ed Toatley, while making a drug buy as an undercover agent, cemented his resolve to reform failed drug war policies. He retired from policing in 2010 to lead the Law Enforcement Action Partnership as executive director.

When not working with LEAP, Maj. Franklin volunteers his time by serving on many boards, including Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation, the Faith Based Community Council on Law Enforcement and Intelligence, the Place of Grace Church, Anne Arundel Community College Criminal Justice Advisory Board, and TurnAround Inc.

Gregory A. Frost, President

Gregory A. Frost is President of the Civil Citation Network in Tallahassee, FL. Greg Frost recently retired from the Tallahassee Police Department after a 30- year career working in law enforcement agencies in both sworn and senior administrative positions. He brings a unique perspective to law enforcement and criminal justice having spent most of his career in the areas of research, policy, and program implementation. His work has involved a diversity of areas such as nuclear security, counter-terrorism, strategic crime analysis, domestic violence, mental health courts, law enforcement technologies, and public safety policy development. As a researcher and writer, Mr. Frost has published articles and book chapters on several criminal justice-related topics. He currently serves the criminal justice community as president of the Civil Citation Network and is a staunch advocate for effective reforms within the criminal justice system.

Kim Keaton

Kim Keaton has 10 years of experience in policy and analysis in the homeless and supportive housing fields. As a Senior Program Manager for Government Affairs and Innovation at CSH, Ms. Keaton works to advance and lead various initiatives and projects related to re-entry and high-cost utilizers of health services, bringing her expertise around implementation, program management and data systems to all her responsibilities. Prior to joining CSH, Ms. Keaton spent six years at the New York City Department of Homeless Services, the centralized agency responsible for ending homelessness in New York City. While at DHS, Kim served as Director of Project Management and oversaw several major agency initiatives including: serving as the agency’s lead contact for FUSE, redesigning the City’s shelter intake system for single adult men to a diversion/prevention model, and overseeing the adoption of a new agency-wide case management system. Kim holds a Master of Public Administration from New York University’s Wagner School and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, San Diego.

Albert M. Kopak, PhD

Albert M. Kopak currently works at the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Western Carolina University. Albert does research in Behavioural Science, Clinical Psychology and Race, Ethnicity and Politics. Their current project is ‘Prevalence of behavioral health conditions among rural jail inmates and the associations with criminal recidivism.’

David LaBahn, President and Chief Executive Officer

David LaBahn is President and CEO of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, an organization that gives prosecutors the opportunity to collaborate with all criminal justice partners, and conducts timely and effective training and technical assistance to improve the prosecutorial function. Prior to forming APA, Mr. LaBahn was the Director of the American Prosecutors Research Institute and the Director of Research and Development for the National District Attorneys Association. Prior to his work in DC, David was the Executive Director of the California District Attorneys Association and began his career as a trial prosecutor in Orange and Humboldt Counties in California.

Don Maines MBA, CAP, CGAC, CES

Don has been working in the substance abuse field for almost 30 years in Broward County developing a variety of treatment and alternative sentencing programs. He is the former Director of the Members Assistance Program and the former Director of the Family Institute and was instrumental in the development of the Broward Drug Court Program. Don was also the Executive Director of the National Safety Council which provided DUI schools in the county and a Director for Bayview Center for Mental Health. During that time he was an adjunct educator for Florida Metropolitan University. After 25 years, Don continues to serve as Vice-President of the advisory board for the Broward Addiction Recovery Center (BARC) and is currently a board member for the House of Hope. He is also on the Board of Governors for the Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse and a member of the Community Action Team. Don is one of the founding fathers of the Town of Southwest Ranches and served as Vice Mayor on the Town Council. Don currently works for the Broward Sherriff’s Office as the Substance Abuse Research and Program Manager and is an integral part of the Community Programs Division. The Broward Sheriff’s office is the largest provider of substance abuse and mental health services in Broward County where Don has developed the first Mobile Equine Assisted Therapy Program for BSO, runs the volunteer Mounted Posse Division and is currently providing informational talks for the public on a variety of concerns that impact our community. Don was awarded the Employee of The Year Award for the Broward Sheriff Office for 2016. The Broward County Commission proclaimed July 12, 2004 as Don Maines Appreciation Day in Broward County for all that he has done for the County.

Sheriff​ ​James​ ​Manfre​ ​(Ret.), Flagler​ ​County​ ​Sheriff’s​ ​Office,​ ​Florida

James Manfre served as elected Sheriff of Flagler County from 2001 to 2005 and again from 2012 to 2016. He transformed the 275-employee sheriff’s office with new personnel training, computer systems, crime monitoring practices, and public safety substations. He implemented community-oriented policing and youth programs and was one of the first sheriffs in Florida to fully implement body cameras in the patrol division. Under his watch, Flagler County saw a significant reduction in crime.

Sheriff Manfre’s law enforcement career began as an investigator for the Bronx District Attorney in the Major Offense Bureau prosecuting repeat violent felony offenders. He attended law school at St. John’s University and became an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County, prosecuting cases that involved violent felonies, vehicular manslaughter, crimes against children and mob influence in the garbage industry.

Sheriff Manfre was a member of The Flagler County Rotary for sixteen years and served as its president in 2008. He is an avid golfer, sports enthusiast, and pancake chef.

Allie Hunter McDade

In August 2016, Allie Hunter McDade became the first Executive Director of the Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative (PAARI), a movement of law enforcement agencies that believe in treatment over arrest. As Executive Director, Allie is responsible for program expansion and effectiveness as well as organizational growth and sustainability. Since joining the team, Allie has helped launch more than 200 law enforcement programs that create pre-arrest pathways to treatment and recovery.

With over 12 years of experience in nonprofit management and leadership, Allie came to PAARI following her role as the Deputy Director of the Nonviolent Initiative for Democracy. She has worked at several other Boston-area nonprofit organizations, including ZUMIX and Bikes Not Bombs, and has aided various nonprofits with fundraising efforts, event planning, and coaching emerging leaders. In spring 2017, Allie received a Nonprofit Excellence Award and was named young professional of the year by the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.

Allie holds a bachelor’s degree in politics and international relations from Ursinus College and a master’s degree in international development from Ohio University, where she focused on community health and behavior change. She also earned a certificate from the Institute for Nonprofit Practice at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business.

Allie is based in Massachusetts but spends much of her time traveling around the country to support current and prospective law enforcement partners. Like many, she has been personally touched by the opioid epidemic and has a close family member who is in recovery from an opioid use disorder.

Daniel Meloy, former Director of Public Safety for Colerain County

During his time as the Director of Public Safety for Colerain County, Daniel was able to lead his community to a 35% decrease in overdoses and create the first Quick Response Team (QRT) – a group that has been utilized in many other communities.

Patty McCarthy-Metcalf, MS, Executive Director

Patty McCarthy Metcalf, M.S., comes to Faces and Voices of Recovery from the Center for Social Innovation where she served as a Deputy Director of SAMHSA’s Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) initiative. As Deputy Director, she has provided project direction and managed the quality and flow of work for numerous tasks under BRSS TACS. Previously, Ms. McCarthy-Metcalf served for a decade as the Director of Friends of Recovery-Vermont (FOR-VT), a statewide recovery community organization promoting the power of long-term recovery to improve the health and quality of life of Vermonters. In addition to public policy and education, her work has focused on community mobilizing, peer-based recovery support services and peer workforce development. She has been instrumental in the development of a national accreditation for recovery community organizations and in the development of peer support standards. Patty has designed and facilitated training on topics such as ethics and boundaries, recovery-oriented systems of care, peer volunteer management and peer recovery coaching. Ms. McCarthy-Metcalf has frequently participated as a subject matter expert and thought leader with SAMHSA sponsored policy discussions.

Ms. McCarthy Metcalf’s professional experience covers the spectrum of prevention, treatment and recovery. She has worked as a substance abuse prevention specialist with the Vermont Department of Health and as a Child and Family Clinician within a community-based mental health center. She holds a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

Patty is a woman in long-term recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, since 1989.

Amy Murphy, MPP

Amy Murphy is a Project Director at the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (ACE!) at George Mason University. Her primary project is the RNR Simulation Tool, an online suite of translational tools designed to operationalize the Risk-Need-Responsivity principles for use by criminal justice professionals and behavioral health providers. Amy has worked with over 80 jurisdictions and treatment providers to implement the RNR Simulation Tool. Amy’s additional projects at ACE! include SUSTAIN, an eLearning curriculum for criminal justice supervision officers; JSTEPS, an implementation study on contingency management in justice settings; and STRIDE, a randomized trial on the use of medication-assisted treatment among opioid-dependent individuals living with HIV. In addition to her work at ACE!, Amy is a long-term volunteer with HIPS, a community-based organization in Washington, DC that uses a harm reduction approach to provide services such as micro-counseling, needle exchange, and safer sex supply distribution. Prior to joining ACE!, Amy worked with the Center for Evidence-Based Corrections at the University of California, Irvine. Amy holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University, and her primary interest is in applied research for policy application.

Jessica Hulsey Nickel, President & CEO

Jessica Hulsey Nickel is the founder and President & CEO of the Addiction Policy Forum, a national nonprofit organization that brings together each sector of the field, elevates awareness around addiction and implement a comprehensive response that includes prevention, treatment, recovery, and criminal justice reform. Most recently, Jessica worked on the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, landmark legislation to address the opioid epidemic, which was signed into law in July 2016.

Jessica’s 25 year career focusing on addiction comes from personal experience. Both her parents struggled with heroin addiction, which led to homelessness, foster care and eventually her mother’s incarceration, after which she was raised by her grandparents. Jessica began working in the field at 15 years old through a community anti-drug coalition in southern California, then continued through national boards, speaking engagements and finding her way to Washington, DC to work on these issues after graduating Princeton in 1998.

She has been center-stage at major events, from hosting a forum on addiction for Presidential candidates in New Hampshire in 2016, a series of forums on addiction with House and Senate Congressional leaders, to drug policy events with President George W. Bush and President H.W. Bush, as well as speaking at the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future with former Presidents Clinton, Bush, Carter and Ford. Jessica was also profiled in a book by Governor John Kasich (R-Ohio) called “Courage Is Contagious: Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things to Change the Face of America” as one of the stories of courage, and featured in a Lifetime Network series, Discovery Health Channel profile, Cosmopolitan, LA Times, NY Times, MSNBC, and USA Today.

Jessica founded the consulting firm Brimley Group, focusing on nonprofit clients and criminal justice and health policy, as well as developing national issue-based campaigns and grassroots initiatives.

Kris Nyrop

Kris Nyrop is the LEAD National Support Director at PDA and has worked on the LEAD project since 2009. He was the Executive Director of Street Outreach Services in Seattle from 1997-2007. Prior to that he worked for the Washington State Department of Health, Public Health – Seattle and King County, and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute at the University of Washington. He was a project ethnographer for the Vancouver Injection Drug User Study from 1997 to 1999. He has worked as an outreach worker, researcher, and trainer in the areas of HIV/AIDS prevention, hepatitis C prevention, syringe exchange, harm reduction, and drug policy reform. Additionally, he has consulted with projects throughout the U.S. as well as in Canada, Russia, and the Republic of Georgia.

Tom Olk, CEO

Tom Olk is the Chief Executive Officer of DISC Village, Inc., a private non-profit organization in Tallahassee he co-founded in 1972. DISC Village is one of the largest and most comprehensive prevention, intervention and treatment agencies in Florida proving services to more than 10,000 individuals and families each year. Mr. Olk is a Certified Addiction Professional. In addition to serving as Treasurer of the FCB Board of Directors, he served as founding President of the Florida Juvenile Justice Association, Founding Board Member of the Certification Board for Addiction Professional of Florida, Board Member and past President of the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, former Board Member of the Florida Council on Community Mental Health, First Chairperson and Founding Member of Big Bend Community Based Care, Founder of Juvenile Civil Citation program, as well as the Civil Citation Network and Adult Civil Citation program in Circuit 2. Mr. Olk was seated on the Board of Directors in June 2004.

Travis Parker, MS, LIMHP, CPC

Mr. Parker is a Senior Project Associate with Policy Research Associates, providing training and technical assistance services that draw on his extensive experience as a provider of behavioral health services in correctional facilities, and on his administrative expertise in behavioral health and managed care organizations. He previously served as the Vice President of System Transformation/Tribal Liaison and Director of Clinical Services for Magellan Behavioral Health of Nebraska. Prior to his appointment at Magellan, he was the Deputy Director of the Community Mental Health Center of Lancaster County (CMHCLC), Nebraska, having also served as the Program Director for the Behavioral Health Jail Diversion Program and the Emergency Services, Homeless, and Special Needs Departments at the CMHCLC. Mr. Parker has completed mental health and suicide prevention training with sheriffs and municipal police departments in 16 Nebraska counties in the southeastern part of the state, as he also serves as a Crisis Response Counselor offering Intercept 1 diversion opportunities to those counties/communities. Mr. Parker has co-authored three articles published in American Jails, one article in Behavioral Sciences and the Law, and one article in The Prison Journal. He has assisted the communities of Omaha, Nebraska, Kearney, Nebraska and Ames, Iowa, in launching post-booking jail diversion programs. He completed his M.S. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas and is licensed as an Independent Mental Health Practitioner and Certified Professional Counselor in Nebraska.

Michael J. Sauschuck, Chief of Police

Police Chief Michael Sauschuck has served the City of Portland since 1997 when he began his law enforcement career as a patrol officer. Chief Sauschuck was appointed Chief of Police in January of 2012. He leads a team of highly trained, professional men and women committed to the department’s core values of leadership, integrity and service.

After graduating from high school, Sauschuck joined the Marines where he was sent to Camp Pendleton, San Mateo, California. During his five-year tenure, he served as a Corporal, then Sergeant with the Marine Security Guards in San Salvador, El Salvador and Moscow, Russia. After four years as a reserve police officer with the Old Orchard Beach Police Department, Sauschuck joined the Portland Police Department, where he worked in a variety of specialties including the crisis intervention team, special reaction team and as a field training officer. He was also a special agent and supervisor assigned to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, investigating and suppressing illegal narcotic activity in Cumberland County.

In March 2011, Lieutenant Sauschuck was selected as the department’s Assistant Chief, where he served as Chief James Craig’s second in command, and directly oversaw criminal investigations, uniformed operations and emergency communications. Upon Chief Craig’s departure in August 2011, Sauschuck led the Police Department as Acting Police Chief, overseeing a department of more than two hundred employees and an annual budget of $13.4 million. He was selected as the department’s permanent Chief in January of 2012.

Over the past decade, Sauschuck has received a number of awards for his commitment to the department including the Sergeant Michael J. Wallace Award, the Enrique Camarena Memorial Award from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Heroes with a Heart Award. In 2017 he was awarded the state’s police chief of the year –the David W. Pickering award – by the Maine Association of Police.

Chief Sauschuck earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology from the University of Maine in 1998 and is a graduate of the FBI’s 251st National Academy for Law Enforcement Leaders class. He is married to Portland Police Detective Mary Sauschuck.

John Snook, Executive Director

John Snook is executive director of the Treatment Advocacy Center, widely recognized as one of the most influential mental health advocacy organizations in existence today. More than half of the states have reformed their mental health laws as a result of the Treatment Advocacy Center’s advocacy, and their original research on issues such as the criminalization of mental illness has reshaped the national narrative on the treatment of severe mental illness.

Mr. Snook brings the organization more than 15 years of policy and advocacy experience at both the federal and state levels. Prior to joining the Treatment Advocacy Center, John served as Director of Loan Administration Policy for the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), serving as the association’s policy expert for issues impacting the mortgage servicing industry.

Preceding his time at MBA, John was with Habitat for Humanity International, where he grew Habitat’s nascent state and local advocacy network into a driving nationwide force for affordable housing policy. John also co-led Habitat’s neighborhood stabilization efforts, Habitat’s response to the foreclosure crisis. These efforts ultimately resulted in thousands of new Habitat homes and more than $350 million in new funding to address foreclosed properties.

But John’s true passion has always been mental health reform. His focus on the issue began in law school, as he saw a loved one struggle with untreated mental illness. John championed mental illness reform, working first with the West Virginia Supreme Court on mental health issues and then at the Treatment Advocacy Center as a lobbyist and advocate for state mental health reform. John’s return to the Treatment Advocacy Center as Executive Director represents a homecoming in his work on these important issues.

John received his J.D. from the George Mason School of Law in Virginia and his B.A. from Washington & Jefferson College in Pennsylvania.

Faye S Taxman, PhD

Faye S Taxman, Ph.D. is a University Professor in the Criminology, Law and Society Department and Director of the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence at George Mason University. Dr. Taxman is recognized for her work in the development of the seamless systems of care models that link the criminal justice with other service delivery systems as well as reengineering probation and parole supervision services, and organizational change models. Her work covers the breadth of the correctional system from jails and prisons to community corrections and adult and juvenile offenders, including all types of interventions and system improvement factors. She has had numerous grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute of Justice, National Institute of Corrections, Office of National Drug Control Policy, and Bureau of Justice Assistance. She has active “laboratories” with her nearly 20 year agreement with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

John Tharp, Sheriff of Lucas County, OH

On January 7, 2013, John Tharp was sworn in as the 45th Sheriff of Lucas County. Being elected Sheriff, culminated his many years of law enforcement experience, beginning with his 25 year career with the Toledo Police Division. During his tenure with the Toledo Police Division, Sheriff Tharp was assigned to Field Operations, Narcotics Squad, Drug Task Force and the Homicide Squad .

In 1997, Sheriff Tharp began his career with the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office. Initially named the Director of Court Services, he subsequently became the Commander of the Administrative Services Section. Included in his duties were assignments to Homeland Security, Great Lakes Northern Border Initiative, Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the Lucas County Joint Task Force.

Sheriff Tharp’s service to his country is one of his proudest achievements. Serving his County in the United States Army, Sheriff Tharp was a Combat Medic during the Vietnam War. As a result of this service, he was awarded the Bronze Star.

Community service has been an important part of Sheriff Tharp’s life. Involvement in organizations such as the Old Newsboys’ Association, The Police Athletic League (PAL), and Read for Literacy are just a few examples to his commitment to the area’s youth, and senior population.

Sheriff Tharp is proud to serve the citizens of Lucas County. He is also proud of the men and women that comprise the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Tharp and his staff are committed to making Lucas County a safe place to live, work and raise families.

Jo-Ann Wallace

Jo-Ann Wallace is the President and CEO of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA). She was previously NLADA’s Senior Vice President for Programs, responsible for oversight of both the Civil Legal Aid and Indigent Defense Program agendas. From 1994 – 2000, Ms. Wallace served as Director of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS), widely regarded as the nation’s model defender agency. Before her appointment to Director, Ms. Wallace served the agency in a number of capacities: Deputy Chief of the Appellate Division; Coordinator of the Juvenile Services Program; and as a staff attorney representing both juvenile and adults in trial and appellate litigation. Ms. Wallace chaired the National Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel on Defender Services, a joint project with the United States Department of Justice (USDJ), 1995-96. She is a founder of the American Council of Chief Defenders (ACCD), a leadership council of the top defender executives from across the United States, and the District of Columbia Appellate Practice Institute. Her extensive experience lecturing includes serving as a member of the visiting faculty for the Trial Advocacy Workshop at Harvard Law School. Ms. Wallace has served as a member of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Standards Committee. She has significant experience as an expert on criminal justice and indigent defense issues, including serving as a consultant to the United States Department of Justice, local government entities and indigent defense programs. Ms. Wallace recently received recognition from the White House as a “Champion of Change.” She is a graduate of New York University School of Law.

Sis Wenger

Sis Wenger has been the President and CEO of the National Association for Children of Addiction (NACoA) for most of the last 25 years. At NACoA, which has been the voice for children of addiction for 35 years, Sis has written numerous articles published across disciplines, edited, co-authored or contributed to books, journals, and program materials, in addition to her advocacy and leadership roles at NACoA, and is a regular columnist for Counselor Magazine. She has directed The Clergy Education and Training Project® for the past 10 years. This project, with the encouragement and support of SAMHSA, developed Core Competencies for Clergy and Other Pastoral Ministers in Addressing Alcohol and Drug Dependence and the Impact on Family Members and then created training manuals, handbooks and a seminary curriculum, and one-day seminars for over 5,000 clergy in over 30 states all based on those competencies.

Her specialty is children and families impacted by parental addiction. She facilitated, with teams of field experts, the creation of core competencies for primary care providers, social workers, and early childhood professionals as well as for clergy. Trainings, curriculum and other program and education products to help have followed each of these efforts.
service volunteer driven education program that provided extensive training to volunteer educators who, in turn, presented 25 – 50 free programs weekly throughout SE Michigan for over 15 years. Many of these volunteers then provided summer camps for 400-500 children of addiction each summer. Sis was an adjunct professor in the addiction studies department of the University of Detroit/Mercy and also was the lead substance abuse education trainer for the Michigan Judicial Institute for 10 years. She has been the recipient of many honors for her volunteer and professional contributions across multiple fields, including two major presidential awards. She is the mother of four and grandmother of 12, all of whom bring enormous joy to her life.


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Seeding Pre-Arrest Diversion/Interventions Across the United States

March 4-7, 2018 ∙ Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida


This training and technical assistance conference is the first of two annual conferences devoted to the development and support of pre-arrest diversion (PAD) efforts across the United States, and building the treatment and funding capacity to sustain them. The first year will feature work force development for 30 or more jurisdictions from around the nation led by members of the Police, Treatment, and Community (PTAC) Collaborative as well as peers from the fields of law enforcement, behavioral health and social services, research, and community advocacy.

Between years one and two, (if funding allows) PTAC members will work with participating sites to help start or enhance their PAD efforts, including planning, implementation, evaluating, messaging, treatment bridging, building treatment capacity, etc.

Who Should Attend? This conference is designed for teams of practitioners from communities looking to explore, develop, or expand pre-arrest diversion efforts. Teams should have the capacity to engage completely in the technical assistance and peer learning activities offered during the conference, include at least one representative each from law enforcement, behavioral health and/or social services, and a community partner or advocacy group. Other participants could include a research partner, elected official/high-level decision-maker, other criminal justice stakeholder (e.g., judge or prosecutor).

Conference Goals: The goal for the conference is to guide teams as they plan and develop pre-arrest diversion programs to implement in their communities/jurisdictions. Attendees will also benefit from the opportunity to meet and share knowledge with peers from across the country in variety of fields.

2018 Conference: Year One
Members of the PTAC Collaborative will co-conference with national behavioral health leaders attending C4 Recovery Foundation’s AXIS Summit and work with jurisdictions/communities with the goal of creating actionable pre-arrest diversion (PAD) implementation plans by the end of the conference. The conference will consist of two tracks: PTAC 1 (for jurisdictions/teams wanting to plan and implement their first PAD program) and PTAC 2 (for jurisdictions/teams who want to enhance or expand their existing PAD programs, build treatment capacity, and/or ensure sustainability.)


The 2018 conference will include the following components:
• Learning from the field – learn about the five pathways
• Learning from the professions – facilitated breakout sessions featuring peer group discussions for each profession (law enforcement, behavioral health, community, research)
• Listening/Speaking to the other professions – plenary session featuring information the peer group discussion and time after to learn from each other
• Learning about Critical Issues – plenaries on core measures, community, diversity, and more
• Learning how to do PAD or do it better – start using the Deflection Tool for action planning
• Learning Booster Sessions! – 30 minute sessions on a variety of substantive topics (PTAC 1 may do two Booster Sessions; PTAC 2 may do five Booster Sessions)
• Ready to implement PAD or implement PAD better! – reporting out by PTAC 1 and PTAC 2 teams
• Celebrate! – End of a very long day’s work


Teams will be asked to do the following in advance of the conference:
1) Participate in a pre-conference webinar that will introduce the conference content, discuss the expected benefits of participating, explain the need for submitting site data prior to the training, provide an opportunity to ask pre-event questions, and review conference logistics.
2) Submit site data (data collection forms will be provided with a submission deadline) to provide opportunities to combine new learning with local data analysis to identify next steps,
3) Complete and submit a pre-conference needs-assessment evaluation to help guide facilitators.


Intended Goals for 2019 Conference: Year Two
Attendees from Year One who implemented their plans will be invited to present at the 2019 conference: The Field Informing the Field. The 2019 conference will also be open to teams from new jurisdictions wanting TA to develop PAD initiatives.


Below you’ll find articles and websites with more information on PTAC’s background as well as information on pre-arrest diversion and deflection. Simply follow the links to be taken to the appropriate information.


  • To learn more about PTAC, please click here.
  • To learn more about PTAC’s background, please click here.
  • To view PTAC’s visual of Pre-Arrest Diversion in the United States, please click here.
  • For more information on deflection and pre-arrest diversion, please click here.


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Marriott Hotel


1000 PGA Tour Blvd
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
(800) 457-4653

Online Room Reservation Currently Closed

Rates exclusive of resort fees and taxes:

Guest Rooms – $214.00 single/double

Mention the C4 / AXIS to get these rates!
Room Block will end on February 22, 2018. Please reserve your room before that time!

NOTICE: We will never contact you about the hotel. If you are contacted by a third party – this is a scam, please do not give them any information.

Car Service from JAX

• FL Luxury Life Transportation Service

   (904) 333-7473
Click here to visit their website.
Please make your reservations in advance and use the code “AXIS” to receive the special price.
$85 for transportation from the Jacksonville airport to the Marriott. Gratuity is not included in this price.


Shuttle Service from JAX

• SuperShuttle

   (800) 258-3826
Click here to visit their website.
$48 each way for transportation from the Jacksonville airport to the Marriott. Gratuity is not included in this price.


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C4 Recovery Foundation is happy to provide discounts for your travel plans to Ponte Vedra, FL for the PTAC event. Please use the following information when booking your flight:



Meeting Event Code: NMRB4


Delta Airlines Discount Code Information:
Delta Airlines is offering discounts between 2% and 10% to passengers attending PTAC 2018 in Ponte Vedra, FL.

  • Travel discount codes for PTAC 2018 are valid for travel between February 28, 2018 – March 12, 2018.

  • Discounts applicable to U.S./Canada originating passengers only.

  • Not valid with other discounts, certificates, coupons, or promotional offers. Fare rules will determine eligibility.


Ways to Make a Reservation:

  • Book Online here.
    Select “Book your Flight” and then enter the Meeting Event Code from above in the box provided on the next screen.

  • Call the Delta Meeting Network Reservations line at (800) 328-1111
    The reservations line operates Mon-Fri 7am-7pm CDT. Please note that a Direct Ticketing Charge will apply for booking by phone ($25 per ticket)

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  • AXIS is a conference signed by and for industry clinicians and executives. The emphasis is on substance, not flash. True collaboration and learning make it a special conference.

  • AXIS is the best conference for the latest trends in behavioral health and learning what industry leaders are doing to position their organizations for the future.

  • Great executive track most worthwhile for CEOs.

  • The AXIS Conference has improved year after year. Content is critical and meaningful to current issues. The time allowed for networking and peer collaboration is most beneficial.

  • This is a unique conference experience. There is something for every level of program leadership. To describe the AXIS experience would be a disservice; you need to attend and participate to truly appreciated the AXIS experience and value.

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